Celia (Cele) Dobberke, 87, died July 4, 2006, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.
She was born April 7, 1919, in Neenah, Wisc. Her childhood was spent on her parent's farm in Neenah. She graduated from Neenah High School in 1936.
She attended Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisc., and was accepted into Sigma Alpha Iota, a national honorary music sorority while at Lawrence. She also attended Oberlin College of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, and studied private voice lessons with Gertrude Farrell, a noted voice teacher in Appleton. She gave several solo recitals and sang at many weddings and funerals.
During World War II, she worked at Johnson Service Company of Milwaukee, a defense factory. She operated a lathe and engraving machine making parts for the Air Force. While she was in Milwaukee, she was a member of the McDowell Chorus, a noted voice group.
On Nov. 3, 1945, she married Allen (Al) Dobberke and they resided in Milwaukee for 33 years. Upon retirement they moved to Cherokee Village where they lived for 25 years. While in Cherokee Village, she was a member and secretary of the community chorus for several years. She also served as secretary of the Wisconsin Club and was a member of the Hill and Dale Garden Club. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Cherokee Village and a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She sang in the choir for several years.
Survivors include one son, Dennis (Joyce) of Ames, Iowa; one daughter, Karen (Jeffrey) Gooch of Ash, N.C.; five grandchildren, Matt (Mary) Dobberke of Des Moines, Iowa, Kate, Sally, Heidi and Jake Dobberke of Ames; three great-grandchildren, Dillon, Brett and Emily Dobberke of Des Moines; one brother-in-law; one sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Her parents, her husband, one sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
Memorial services will be held at Athens Woods Estates Chapel in Stratford, Iowa, on July 21. Memorial Services will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Cherokee Village on July 26 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Brian Pummill officiating. Interment will be in Peace Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Heath Chapel of Hardy and Bacon Funeral Home in Nevada, Iowa are in charge of arrangements.